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What medical procedures test heart function?

Ravi K. Sureddi, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
The most common medical procedure to test heart function is an echocardiogram. In this video, Ravi K. Sureddi, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Riverside Community Hospital, describes other procedures to test patients with heart rhythm problems.
Procedures that may be used to assess the heart include resting and exercise electrocardiogram (ECG), Holter monitor, signal-averaged ECG, cardiac catheterization, chest x-ray, computed tomography (CT scan) of the chest, echocardiography, electrophysiology studies, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart, myocardial perfusion scans, radionuclide angiography, and ultrafast CT scan.

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